Photo: Brian Grech
Malta has now, finally, officially legalised gay marriage. The monumental vote on marriage equality got a resounding majority of votes in Parliament.
Back in February, Malta’s Minister for Civil Liberties Helena Dalli had confirmed that she was working on a draft bill for marriage equality. Both Prime Minsiter Joseph Muscat and ex-leader of the Opposition Simon Busuttil instantly showed their support and told their respective parties to vote in favour of the marriage equality bill, even highlighting it as one of their electoral pledges during this year’s general election.
Now, both parties have come through, and even though the bill faced some controversy and the odd protest, the road towards legislation is finally over.
The Netherlands was the first European country to legalise same-sex marriage all the way back in 2001, with Germany becoming the latest last week. Between those two, more than 20 other nations across the globe have followed suit.
In the meantime, if you want to celebrate this historic moment in Malta’s legal history, Castille is the place to be right now! There’s nothing quite like a Wednesday party to celebrate diversity.